Researching Amos Allen

Sometimes in my research, when I get stalled I try to add info by seeing if the person’s name is mentioned in the local newspapers. I usually use nyhistoricnewspapers.org, sometimes Fulton County Postcards fultonhistory.com .

I found this interesting note in “The Ogdensburg advance and St. Lawrence weekly Democrat” May 28, 1891. Amos was my great grandfather’s first cousin through their mothers. There was only one uncle there and he was still alive so this had to be on his father’s side. I have no clue about this uncle or if this was a true story.

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Amos was the oldest son of Abel Allen and Jane Holt (sister to my great-great-grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Holt Smith). He was born in Ellenburg in 1840. By 1850, the family had moved to Madrid in St Lawrence County. I can’t find any of the family in the 1860 census, YET.

Records show that Amos enlisted in Company G, New York 83rd Infantry Regiment on 14 Jul 1863 from Brandon NY in Franklin County. His residence was listed as Stockholm. His occupation then was farmer and he was single. Using Ancestry.com and Fold 3.com I found several documents about Amos’ service to our country.

The Ogdensburg journal., July 08, 1890 has this blurb:

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which indicates that Amos and Mary (?) were married in July but we don’t know which year. This also shows that his wife was still alive in 1890.

However by August 13, 1890, the Ogdensburg Journal states that “Mrs Amos Allen is very sick.” and the Saint Lawrence Herald Aug. 15,—”Mrs. Amos Allen, who has been very sick during the past week, is improving.”

The Ogdensburg journal., November 04, 1890 says “Another blacksmith shop has been opened at the old stand on Water street by Amos Allen.”

Courier and freeman., September 09, 1891 says, “Mr. Amos Allen, our wheelright and blacksmith, is over run- with work. There is also two other blacksmiths in our village kept very busy.”

image_681x476_from_2932,2951_to_4634,4142I have found from other records that Amos’ wife was Mary. Since she was 49 when she died in 1896, she was born approximately 1847. According to census records, they had two children: Frank born in 1864 and Mina born 1870 who married the William Couglar mentioned above.

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image_681x476_from_1715,2554_to_3752,3980I am still working on figuring out who this niece is. Is this a misspelling of Seaver? as Hattie Seaver has been listed several times as visiting her uncle Amos Allen. Or could it be a different girl? Sevey, Sirvis, Siwiz or Seaver?

Norwood news., October 17, 1899 reports that image_681x465_from_583,3299_to_3101,5020(1)

and The Ogdensburg journal., October 25, 1899

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Now, a mention of a brother: The Massena observer., October 17, 1901image_681x458_from_1954,200_to_3748,1408

Another sale:image_681x458_from_286,717_to_2877,2461He was obviously an esteemed citizen of the town: The Ogdensburg journal., August 23, 1905

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The Ogdensburg advance and St. Lawrence weekly Democrat., November 15, 1906 announces the death of Amos’ son:image_681x427_from_774,8360_to_4928,10967

Courier and freeman., March 06, 1907

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The Ogdensburg journal., March 06, 1907:image_681x465_from_1201,5711_to_3422,7229and in the same paper

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 and finally some mention of his Civil War service:

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The Massena observer., March 07, 1907

An interesting side note: Amos’ son, Frank, married Charlotte Stearns (the Lottie who is mentioned a couple times in these clippings.) Amos’ daughter, Mina, died in 1909. Her husband, William Couglar remarried to Charlotte Stearns Allen.

Finding details of Amos’ life through the newspaper articles and census & military records makes a story of his life rather than a recitation of facts of birth, death and family members.

I intend to follow the same process and find out what I can of the Allen siblings. There were six brothers and two sisters:

Asahal Allen, 1842–
Albert Allen, 1844–
Alferd Allen, 1846–
Alven Allen,1847–1908
Harriet Allen, 1856–
Alfred Allen 1857–1901
Aaron Allen, 1863–
Abbie Allen,  1865–
It always strikes me as odd that all children have names starting with “A” except Harriet.

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